Light Mountain Natural Henna Review

My lovely sister, Danielle, has been coloring her hair with Henna for ages. We recently tried a new brand together, and I urged her to do a guest review since she’s been around the block (as far as henna’s concerned).

Here it is:

I’ve been coloring my hair red for couple of years now. I started out using a bright red temporary foam that was supposed to last 6-8 washes–it ended up lasting six to eight weeks, and I really loved it. However, I really wasn’t too crazy about putting all those chemicals on my head. I started using henna around a year ago, and since then I’ve gone through a few brands in an effort to find the right one. Not only am I concerned with the ingredients I’m putting on my head, but I also don’t want to break the bank. I am in grad school after all! And reds tend to fade faster than other colors (though, thankfully, not as badly on my very coarse, dry hair), so expense is especially important.

These roots were officially out of hand at least a month before I actually broke down and bought more henna.

Ingredients: Depending on the color you select, Light Mountain Natural Henna’s ingredients vary. I used plain old red (the one with the fox on the box), and its sole ingredient is lawsonia inermis (the scientific name for henna). To the henna powder I added hot water, the juice of one lemon, and two teaspoons of paprika.

Product Description: “Our complete henna application kit includes premium grade henna-based hair color, detailed instructions, a pair of disposable gloves so you can handle and apply the henna mixture without coloring your hands.”

Price: $6.95/4 oz. plus $8.95; plus I had to order two 4 0z. packets because I have so much hair.

Performance: I love this stuff! I left it on for an hour and a half and then rinsed it out in the shower. My hair had gotten dull and my roots were incredibly visible because I couldn’t afford hair dye for a few months, and the difference is pretty astonishing. My hair is so much brighter and shinier.

The one that looks more like poop is mine; the one that looks more like green bean baby food is Dawn’s.

Scent: It smells like henna, which is a pretty distinct smell. I happen to really like the smell, but I can see how some would find it overpowering. It’s a really earthy, floral sort of smell that lingers in your hair for at least a couple of days (the instructions advise you not to wash your hair for at least 48 hours).

Rating: 8 out of 10. While I love the henna, shipping actually costs more than the product itself. Additionally, the packages are pretty small so I’m forced to buy two at a time if I want to do the job right

Because I (naturally) have a lighter chunk at the top of my head, this patch always gets a lot redder than the rest of my hair. I’m okay with that!